The Dale Jackson ShowPrep for January 12th, 2018

  • 7:00 AM – 7 Things You Should Be Talking About Today
  • 7:00 AM – State Senator Clay Scofield
  • 8:00 AM – Hate at 8!!
  • 8:20 AM – State Senator Arthur Orr
  • 9:00 AM – 7 Things You Should Be Talking About Today
  • 9:30 AM – Secretary of State John Merrill
  • 9:55 AM – WAAY 31’s Meredith Wood

The 7 Things You Should Be Talking About Today

1. The President of the United States reportedly referred to other countries as “s***holes“, outrage commences

— President Trump made the comments during a meeting with bipartisan lawmakers who were discussing immigration reform.

— The comment was reportedly made as part of a discussion on whether the US should restore temporary protected status for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries.

— Republicans have remained largely silent on the President’s words, this morning the President denies making the comment.

2. Toyota-Mazda incentives start to pile up, nears $800 million

— The state already offered the companies $379 million dollar in incentives, this beat a bid from North Carolina that was totaled $1.5 billion.

— Huntsville itself kicked in $320 million including free land and infrastructure improvements.

— A vast majority of the incentives are abatement for tax revenues that didn’t exist before this deal was made.

3. Alabama Republicans could propose tax cuts in Alabama

— State Senator Del Marsh wants more Alabamians to claim the maximum standard deduction.

— Currently, those making $20,000 a year can claim the full deduction and Marsh wants to change it to $23,000.

— Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) said the state government’s finances are on sound ground and that opens the door to this small exemption increase.

4. A “Gang of 6” has emerged with an immigration plan that no one will like

— Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic Sen. Richard Durbin and 4 others have come to an agreement on immigration, and must now sell it to the larger Senate and the House.

— The proposal includes border fencing, curtailing the Diversity Visa Lottery and imposing some limits on the chain of family migration.

— Some Republicans and the White House aren’t impressed, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “There has not been a deal reached yet, however we still think we can get there.”

5. Alabama wants a cut of Uber/Lyft/ride-sharing dollars

— Gov. Ivey and 2 legislators have unveiled a plan to create a state-wide policy on ride-sharing apps.

— Alabama is on of 6 states with a patchwork of rules governing these companies, instead of a blanket policy.

— Drivers would turn 1% over to the Public Service Commission and the commission would return a potion of that revenue to the city where it is generated.

6. Wal-Mart cites tax cut when raising their minimum wage, then shutters 63 Sam’s Club stores

— Wal-Mart announced it would be raising it’s minimum wage from $9 to $11 dollars an hour, expanded its parental and maternity leave policy, and it was giving employees a bonus of $200 to $1,000 because of the tax cut bill.

— Following that good news, the company also announced it would be closing 63 Sam’s Club stores after reports from former employees hit social media.

— The closed stores employ almost 10,000 people, over one million will receive increases or bonuses.

7. Alabama legislators may raise the state’s smoking age

— Republican State Representative Chris Pringle wants to raise the state smoking age from 19 to 21.

— The argument is that people start smoking when they are young, this will stop people from smoking.

— The idea seems like a fine plan but seems rather non-consequential, I remember when I was 14, no one had problems getting cigarettes.

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